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How to Pray the Rosary

Updated: May 18, 2021

Basic Rosary Guide

How To Use Rosary Beads


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1. At the crucifix, begin with the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles Creed.

2. On the first large bead say the Our Father prayer 3. Followed by three Hail Mary prayers. It is

customary to say "I offer these three Hail Marys

for the increase in the virtues of faith, hope and


Faith - pray to increase your faith in God

Hope - pray for a deeper desire and hope

for heaven

Charity - pray to have a deeper love for

your neighbours for the sake of your love

for God

4. Then say one Glory Be prayer. Now you are at the

medal that joins the beads. Here announce any

prayer intentions you have.

Then announce the first Joyful, Luminous,

Sorrowful or Glorious Mystery depending upon

what mysteries you are meditating on this

particular day.

At this point you may read a meditation or look at

a picture of the mystery that will aid in your


5. Then begin the decade with one Our Father all the

while keeping hold of the medal.

6. On the ten small beads that follow pray ten Hail


7. Followed by one Glory Be Prayer.

8. Then the Fatima Prayer.

9. When you come to the large bead, announce the

second respective mystery, look at a meditation

aid then pray one Our Father.

10. On the ten small beads pray another set of ten

Hail Marys followed by one Glory Be and the

Fatima Prayer called a decade, as before.

11. Continue this pattern of announcing the mystery

and praying a decade. Do this for the third, fourth

and fifth mystery consecutively followed by one Our Father, ten Hail Marys, one

Glory Be and the Fatima Prayer.

12. After the fifth and final decade has been prayed, after the Fatima Prayer, pray the

Hail Holy Queen prayer.

13. It is customary to finish the Rosary prayers with the "Let us Pray" prayer from the

Breviary followed by the Saint Michael Prayer.

14. Now just as you began, end with the Sign of the Cross.


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